Maximum working hours, overtime, weekly rest and leave
Regulation 6 sets out the normal hours of work for night workers, which may not exceeed an average of 8 hours per day, to be calculated on a 17-week average.
A night worker’s normal hours of work shall not exceed an average of eight hours for each 24 hours.
An employer shall take all reasonable steps to ensure the limit in paragraph (1) is complied with in the case of each night worker employed by him.
The average is calculated over a 17 week period.
Law / United Kingdom / Working Time Regulations 1998
The Working Time Regulations set the maximum working hours per week, for regular and night-workers. The Regulations include an “opt-out” through written agreement, as well as exclusions for certain sectors.
The Regulations implement the EU Working Time Directive 2008/88/EC. The European Commission is currently reviewing this Directive, due to the frequent usage of the “opt-out” provision, particularly by large organisations.